Planning Commission Minutes October 8, 2020

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Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

October 8, 2020 PUBLIC HEARING

Meeting called to order by Gurr at 3:00 P.M.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Present:            Jim Gurr                        Laura Westerman

Joe Bassil                   Bonnie Robbins

Gordy Schafer              Mike Robinson

Sue Moglovkin

Absent:             None

Township officials present: Bob Logee

Approval of Agenda:     Motion: Moglovkin, 2nd Bassil. Carried

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None Gurr discussed his conversation with the county planning commission since his property could be developed under one of the issues being discussed. No conflict of interest since it is not under consideration for development as an open space parcel.

Approval of Minutes: September 3, 2020 As submitted. Motion: Westerman, 2nd Robbins. Carried.

Public Comment:         None (0)

Communications:         None

Old Business:

Meeting time was discussed and will remain the 1st Thursday at 3 pm for November and December meeting. Members will discuss this in December to adjust if work schedules continue to cause conflict with meeting time.

Meeting closed for Public Hearing: 3:13PM

No public comments. One email inquiry about whether there would be any re-zoning of districts from Beth Shuster, 10995 Cemertery Road, Alden. Robbins sent a copy of the proposed changes and assured her there were not changes to zoning districts.

Members reviewed changes and made one grammar correction.

Public Hearing closed at 3:27PM

Motion by Robbins to submit changes to Antrim County Planning Commission to review at their November meeting.

Support by Schafer. All members casting YES vote.

New Business:             September 2020: LU 7, FC 8, AC 0, PC 12, ZV 0

Discussion with Logee on shoreline work being done on Pere Marquette. Work being done was beyond scope of permit. Logee working with county and state agencies to get situation corrected.

Logee discussed looking at fence ordinance language. State does not have language that addresses concerned raised in the township. He feels we should have a discussion to determine if we want to add some language for our township needs.

 Public Comment: Gurr shared the State Supreme Court has ruled to leave short-term rental regulation up to townships.


Adjourn: 3:48 pm Motion Robbins, 2nd  Gurr. Carried


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins



Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary